“Another Endorsement for Brian Hales”

    It’s customary, among certain critics of the Church, to dismiss Dr. Brian Hales — who has published extensively on questions surrounding early Mormon polygamy but who is a professional physician — as not a real historian, merely an amateur, and, therefore, as someone whose work doesn’t need to be seriously engaged but can [Read More…]

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Do you intend to vote for Donald Trump because he’s a brilliant businessman?

    He’s told you that he is, and that ought to be enough.  Right?   He tells it like it is.  Right?   He’ll bring his legendary business acumen to bear on the federal government.  Right?   Let’s pray that he doesn’t.   Here’s some truth about his business skills:   http://www.npr.org/2016/03/09/469775355/trump-doesnt-own-most-of-the-products-he-pitched-last-night?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160309   And [Read More…]

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“BYU-Idaho historian sheds more light on the 1838 attack on Mormon poet Eliza Snow

    http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/3635705-155/mormon-historian-sheds-more-light-on     [Read more…]

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Getting to know the real Donald Drumpf

  Trumpism — or maybe, for the sake of accuracy, we should now be calling it Caesarodrumpfism — seems to be an irresistible juggernaut.  But this nearly 21-minute video is an absolutely devastating put-down of Trumpism’s impresario, Mr. Donald Drumpf:     Two caveats:   (1)  Be warned that there is some quite ripe language here. [Read More…]

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“Thinking about religion and science, Thursday through Sunday afternoon”

    The latest installment of my weekly Deseret News column:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865649689/Thinking-about-religion-and-science-Thursday-through-Sunday-afternoon.html?pg=1   This one is partially time-sensitive.     [Read more…]

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An ancient rule

    When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  (Proverbs 29:2)     [Read more…]

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Finally, a strategy that, if faithfully followed, would stop Trumpism in its tracks . . .

    Desperate times, desperate actions?   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432570/donald-trump-married-couple-launches-movement-keep-trump-supporters-having-sex     [Read more…]

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“Mormon scholars laud late Catholic thinker who probed LDS theology”

    Peggy Fletcher Stack’s take on the passing of Stephen Webb, in the Salt Lake Tribune:   http://www.sltrib.com/news/lds/3640037-155/mormon-scholars-pay-tribute-to-late     [Read more…]

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“Cosmos, Earth, and Man” in my two eager hands

    You may or may not be aware that the Interpreter Foundation not only publishes a journal and posts scripture roundtable discussions, but also issues books.  Here are the volumes that have already been published:   Books   And I’m pleased to say that I now have, in my hot little hands, a copy [Read More…]

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Two lectures on the BYU campus tomorrow at 4 PM, and one following

    I really wish that I could hear this lecture tomorrow afternoon, at BYU’s Wheatley Institution, in which the speaker will contend that America is, as a matter of fact and contrary to many predictions and some perceptions, not growing more secular:   http://wheatley.byu.edu/events/individual.cfm?id=202   Unfortunately, I’m scheduled to speak at precisely the same [Read More…]

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